At the very least, working this program can be a good adjunct to any exercise regimen. The stretches aren't harmful to a healthy person in any way, and all stretching is basically good. You really don't have much to lose.
The stretches featured in this program aren't really all that harder than yoga poses. They start off easy, then progress. But there is one big potential disqualifier. You shouldn't do this if you are recovering from a muscle or tendon injury. Gentle exercise and basic yoga would be better in that case, and that's only if your doctor approves.
It's a stretching program based on ancient Asian techniques that unlocks your body's potential for gains in strength and flexibility. It seems, from Larsson's own description, to focus on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.
This makes sense, since working that muscle group would necessarily work core, back, and glute muscles. You would have to use your arms and legs as stabilizing or support as well.
But what's all this about strengthening? It's a stretching program, right? Well, apparently it incorporates some bodyweight resistance also. But so does yoga, so you can't fault Larsson for calling it a stretching program.
No one thinks of yoga as strength training, even though it is proven to strengthen the whole body. You don't need any weights to perform the Hyperbolic Stretching program. All you need is your own body.
It takes only eight minutes per day for the duration of four weeks. That's a total of 224 minutes. Everyone has the time. But you have to consider it as an addition to your normal workout routine and diet plan.
I wouldn't use this program as a standalone routine to get into shape, lose weight or gain mass.
You simply follow the instructions in the video series. There are no complicated poses, intricate moves, or anything like that. It's just stretching exercises.
There is some credence to this program's claim that it can help you gain strength and add muscle mass. Stretching has been proven to stimulate the release of HGH or human growth hormone.
There are countless products and supplements available today that are made to boost your levels of this hormone. And many online Hyperbolic Stretching reviews attest that incorporating this program enhanced results.
But what about the claim that old-fashioned stretching can actually get in the way of bulking up, getting toned, and losing weight. There is some truth to that, but Larsson over-hypes it.
A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at a small group of athletes that stretched before and after exercise and a group that did neither. When compared, it was found that the group that stretched had a slightly slower muscular response time.
The difference was insignificant. However, if performed correctly, the stretches in this program can be much more useful than traditional stretches. These stretches incorporate bodyweight resistance training, at least to a small degree.
I wouldn't recommend high kicks or full splits without a good warmup unless you're in really good shape. It seems like a surefire way to pull some muscles. But you will likely gain at least some flexibility over the four-week duration of this program. Of course, if you stop stretching when the program ends, you'll lose that flexibility.
This isn't a one-off thing. Even if you get the results you want in a month, you'll have to continue some type of stretching to keep your gains.
Full muscle flexibility and tension relief are benefits that you would expect from just about any kind of stretching program. The more you stretch and condition your muscles, the more flexibility you'll have. So you'll get those benefits from this program no matter what.
The enhanced core strength is legitimate too. You're going to be using your core in every single stretch, so you'll see some toning. You can lose belly fat this way too.
One benefit that doesn't get enough attention, even from the developer himself, is urinary continence. You may not have that problem, but most people who do can see improvements with pelvic floor exercises.
Women will see the same benefits as men, and for the same reasons, so there's no need to repeat everything from the section above. But let's look at those extra two benefits more closely.
Cellulite isn't fat. It's a condition caused when connective fibers underneath the skin lose their elasticity, usually because of advanced age or stretching during pregnancy, and cause a rough or dimpled appearance of the skin.
And yes, stretching can reduce its appearance. And since cellulite is most often found over the abs, it makes sense that Hyperbolic Stretching can reduce cellulite by way of its core-centric stretches.
Better body confidence is a no-brainer. If you lose fat and get into better shape, you'll be more confident in your physique.
The short answer is that it won't do much by itself. If you just want more flexibility and stress relief, then this may be all you need. I would actually go longer than eight minutes per day, though. 15 minutes per day will probably be much better. You may even want to pair this program with a good yoga course.
Likewise, if you just want to tone your core, you may see good results with this as a standalone program. Again, you'll need more than eight minutes a day.
This is how you'll see the best results. And I'm basing that statement on the experience of people who've actually done it, as you'll see later on.
Even though Larsson went way overboard with his claim that doing hyperbolic stretches promotes the production of HGH, he wasn't lying. It's true. And since there's a touch of bodyweight resistance training inherent with these stretches, that HGH boost will be even greater than that you would get from traditional forms of stretching.
So you'll likely see some benefits by beginning your workout with an eight-minute hyperbolic session.
Since this is a full-body stretch, you'll be limber. And that's a great benefit going into any kind of workout. The looser you are, the harder you can go. This is true even on a stationary bike.
You'll also see some benefits by using this program as a closer. More and more people are realizing that post-workout stretches are just as important for preventing injury and maximizing results as pre-workout stretches.
This was my big question going into my research project here. And I have to be honest: I was fully expecting to have a “gotcha” moment and discover that this was, in fact, just some basic stretches hyped up for a quick profit. But if that was the case, this post would only be about a paragraph long. No, there's a lot more to it than simple stretches.
I have to say that there's not much hard, solid science behind it, but there are real-world results and common sense that say there are several benefits beyond traditional stretching exercises.
First off, regular stretches focus on conditioning muscles. The hyperbolic routine does that too, but it also includes strengthening stretches. You won't notice much in your arms and legs, but you can gain some strength in your core and back muscles.
Traditional stretching can't really tone you very much, either. But these stretches can. That should be obvious since strengthening is the base for toning.
The hyperbolic route is claimed to work by enhancing your body's ability to create and release HGH and testosterone, both of which are necessary to some degree for getting in shape maintaining a healthy and attractive muscle tone.
Perhaps best of all, the program requires only eight minutes per day. Shorter programs are great for today's busy lives. And that short duration means that it's easy to pair with your regular workout. We've seen how beneficial that can be.
You should know by now, dear reader, how obsessed I am with value. So let's see what you get, how much you'll pay and whether it's worth it.
The price as of this writing is just under $30. That's awesome. I've seen stretching programs go for three times that much. But you get more than just the stretching instructional. There are three bonuses included.